Well pad

A well pad for a gas well. The Forest Service is currently seeking comments on an underground gas storage project within the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District in Pitkin County.

Black Hills Energy would like to construct two new natural gas storage wells within the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District in Pitkin County, and the U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comments on the proposal.

The wells would be located within the Wolf Creek Storage Field and replace two existing wells, according to a recent press release. They would be drilled within the original footprint of the existing well pad location.

“The new wells are needed to continue to provide safe and reliable natural gas to the Roaring Fork Valley into the future. Wolf Creek Storage Field is an underground natural gas storage area located in the White River National Forest, serving Black Hills Energy customers in the Roaring Fork Valley,” according to the release.

The natural gas is gathered in the storage wells during the summer and then used during high-demand winter months, it was noted.

The Forest Service will evaluate surface impacts of the project, with the BLM responsible for evaluating and approving the project below the surface.

Comments offering specific feedback on the elements of the project that pertain to the surface area will be most useful, it was noted.

“The Forest is required by law to work with oil and gas operators that have leases on National Forest System lands. This storage lease is a valid and existing lease within the Wolf Creek Storage Area leased prior to the 2015 White River National Forest Future Oil and Gas Leasing Decision,” the release continued.

An increase in truck traffic is expected on Four Mile Road and 300 Road to move workers and equipment, both at the beginning and end of the project. It is proposed to take place during the upcoming summer months.

According to the USFS, public access to surrounding National Forest System lands will continue during the project implementation.

A site-specific closure order is being considered at the pad location for public safety during drilling operations, it was noted.

Comments will be accepted for 30 days. To submit a comment visit:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55571. Project updates will also be available at www.blackhillsenergy.com/wolfcreek.